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SL-born billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya to run for California Governor

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Chamath Palihapitiya, Sri Lankan-born Canadian-American billionaire investor and CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital, has announced new details about a potential run for California governor on Tuesday, Business Insider reported.

Palihapitiya, a former Facebook Inc. executive, promoted the recall campaign, sparked in part by the Democratic governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, in a tweet Monday night. Palihapitiya used the hashtag #RecallGavinNewsom and posted a link to a new website for the billionaire’s gubernatorial bid.

“California is a mess—it’s too expensive, our teachers are underpaid, and our schools aren’t good enough,” reads Palihapitiya’s one-page campaign website. His platform calls for the elimination of state tax, a $70,000 salary for teachers and a payment of $2,000 for each child born in California. Many proposals emphasize keeping people and business in California after the state’s population declined for the first time since at least 1900.

The recall campaign had been propelled by followers of QAnon and other extremists, according to the Los Angeles Times. It faces long odds of succeeding in the Democrat-dominated state. It needs 1.5 million certified signatures, or 12% of the initial vote turnout, to force a special election for governor. State Republicans have tried and failed five times to force a recall election, each time before the pandemic.



  Comments - 13

  • Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:43 PM

    The begining of the end of California

    roobarbie Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:55 PM

    If this guy is a trumpy follower, his head needs examination. Loser!

    I'll be back again Wednesday, 27 January 2021 04:00 PM

    A Sri Lankan running for Governor of California? That's the end of California should he win.

    ChanakaJ Wednesday, 27 January 2021 08:41 PM

    Perhaps that's where we are going wrong? Instead of crediting a guy for doing well on his own merits, and seeing that it's inspirational, some of us try to rubbish him instead!

    varuna Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:00 AM

    Very correct! Had he been an Indian or Pakistani, those countries would have celebrated and raptured from this news. But, alas, look at the comments in this column. How cynical and loathsome? What is wrong in the people of this country? Are we following the teachings of Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohamad, etc.?

    David Wednesday, 27 January 2021 09:55 PM

    He will not win.

    Ahmed Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:09 PM

    Why did his family moved to Canada as refugees ? What kind of threat they had in Sri Lanka ?

    gonapol Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:50 PM

    This guy is far better than "wada bari Trazen" He became billionaire not by steeling state funds nor misused them to build memorials tomb for parents.

    sandaruwan Thursday, 28 January 2021 06:15 AM


    Ranaweera Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:55 AM

    Happy to hear we have some srinkanka origin people with a lot of monet abroad. He should invest in Sri Lanka too. Our people of course are jealous , you can see from some comments. We need more people like him.

    Dr. M M Janapriya Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:09 AM

    I wish him good luck. He seems to have sacrosanct intentions.

    Samson Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:34 AM

    Best wishes to him

    Citizen Thursday, 28 January 2021 12:54 PM

    Like to know his history! How he came by his wealth, whether legally acquired and not plundered ?

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